It is with great concern that I write this letter about the Loyalsock State Forest and the Commonwealth's secret negotiations with companies seeking private gain on this public land.
The Loyalsock State Forest is already a great economic resource it is a popular destination for tourists, snowmobilers and fishermen. It also provides important habitat for many species of birds, animals and plants. However, this resource is under threat from extensive shale gas drilling in the 25,600 acre area known as the Clarence Moore lands.
The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) has the legal authority to deny drilling on almost 19,000 acres of this area, yet seems unwilling to exercise that authority.
Last week, concerned citizens got very short notice of a public input meeting on proposed drilling. This meeting will take place today from 4 to 6 p.m. at Lycoming College in Wendle Hall. Shockingly, DCNR states that "this meeting is the completion of a series of interactions with the public." Your comments and input are needed!